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nra's chief executive, wayne lapierre, continued his spirited defense of gun rights this weekend. speaking with fox news's chris wallace about that controversial nra ad that brought the president's children into the gun debate. >> the president's kids are safe, and we're all thankful for it. >> they also face a threat that most children do not face. >> tell that to the people of newtown. tell that -- >> you really think that the president's children are the same kind of target as every schoolchild in america? that's ridiculous and you know it, sir. >> you know, unfortunately, i think there are parents all over the school that -- all over the country that think their kids are entitled to the same amount of protection when they go to school. >> so they should have secret service? >> no, but what they should have is police officers or certified armed security in those schools to keep people safe. >> you talk -- one of the points of that ad that i want to ask you about is you made it a class argument. the rich, the elite. >> sure. >> they have bodyguards. they have security. >> sure.
. market features claim of nra president wayne lapierre testifying before congress in 1999. >> we think it's reasonable to have manner to background checks for of sale at every gun show, no loopholes -- for every sale at every gun show, no loopholes. >> reporter: he says background checks for all gun originals as recommended by president obama -- owners as recommended by president obama would only lead to a gun registry. >> the criminals aren't going to comply with it. they could care less. you've already seen you won't computerize the mental health records. we ought to quit calling it right now a universal check. the real title ought to be the check on law abiding people all over this country. >> how do we know? let's start the effort and then we'll see. >> reporter: mayors against illegal guns is calling for not only background checks but a ban on assault weapons. one area where mayor gray does agree with lapierre. >> we've historically had police officers in our schools and i see something nothing wrong with that. i think it's a good idea. >> reporter: mark kelly is also speak out. d
supporting the background check bill, showing testimony of wayne lapierre supporting a background check. here is a little bit of that ad. >> the nra once supported background checks. >> we think it's reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show. no loopholes anywhere for anyone. >> all right. i'll admit i need quick answers here. can a southern republican vote for the background check bill and get re-elected? >> a licensed dealer at a gun show already does a background check. that's already going on. what we're talking about is antique and special collectors and private sales. i think that's very difficult to legislate properly without killing gun show. >> there is a rural split almost more than anything else. urban politics are more supportive of this idea. >> yes. but i think both the southern republican and the urban republican should all be voting for universal background checks. look, connecticut was a game changer. we need to understand that. the gun issue is here. it's not going away. every other day, we are hearing abo
president wayne lapierre insisted universal background checks will not work
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